When it comes to consuming CBD oil, there are four main methods:
- Inhaling it by smoking or vaping it.
- Applying it to your skin topically.
- Taking it under the tongue (sublingual).
- Ingesting it using edibles.
We’ll break down each of these for you!
Inhaling CBD oil is one of the fastest ways to feel its effects since it goes straight into your lungs and bloodstream.
There are two ways to inhale CBD: Smoking and Vaping. We’ll discuss each.
SMOKING CBD OIL
You can smoke cannabidiol concentrate using an “oil rig” (see below), which is similar to a water pipe. It works by heating the “nail” (the chamber where you place the CBD oil concentrate), then putting the oil into the nail with a dabber (a small metal tool used to transfer the oil concentrate from its container to the oil rig). This produces smoke, which you inhale.
Alternatively, you can smoke it by rolling a joint out of high CBD marijuana. However, this method means you’ll also be consuming some THC, which would have a psychoactive effect.
PROS OF SMOKING CBD OIL
- The highest concentration of CBD oil and the fastest way to consume it.
- Easily manage how much you consume.
CONS OF SMOKING CBD OIL
- Smoking can be harsh on the throat and lungs.
- High concentration can be more than some people want.
- Requires additional tools (like an oil rig, dabber, and/or joint paper).
VAPING CBD OIL
You can vape CBD oil with a vaporizer pen. If you’re new to vaping, a vape starter kit (image below) can be a great way to start out.
Vaping is a great alternative to smoking if you still want the maximum possible effect, but without the harsh feel of smoke (like medical marijuana) in your throat and lungs. (Want to dive deeper? Read: How to Vape CBD Oil)
PROS OF VAPING
- High concentration means maximum possible effects.
- No harsh smoke to aggravate your throat and lungs.
- Easily control your dosage amounts.
CONS OF VAPING
- The high concentration may be more than you want to feel.
- Requires extra purchases (CBD vape pen and accessories).
The next way to use CBD oil is through topical application -- meaning, you place it on your skin in the form of a balm, lotion, or ointment.
This method is probably the easiest as it doesn’t require any special tools or knowledge to use. Simply figure out the dosage you want (we’ll help you with that in the next section), then apply that amount of balm to your skin.
This method is best for sore muscles, migraines, and skin conditions like acne. You can apply the balm directly to any sore areas, such as a sore neck, back, or feet.
PROS OF TOPICAL APPLICATION
- Easy to use.
- No extra tools or accessories required.
- Great for sore muscles and chronic pain.
- Has the mildest effects of all the consumption methods.
CONS OF TOPICAL APPLICATION
- Has the mildest effects of all the consumption methods (you might require more CBD).
- While the effects happen quickly, they don’t last as long in comparison to other methods.
(UNDER THE TONGUE)
You can purchase CBD oil tinctures -- little bottles that look like eye drops (see below) -- to take your cannabidiol sublingually (under your tongue).
Simply apply a few drops under your tongue from the dropper, hold it in your mouth for ~30 seconds, then swallow! This method is discreet, effective, and gives you feelings of calm and well-being. It’s believed that pure hemp oil concentrates are a good way to add a large number of cannabinoids to your daily routine -- more the merrier.
PROS OF SUBLINGUAL CONSUMPTION
- Easy to use and requires no extra tools or accessories.
- Discreet -- you can use them in public easily without drawing attention.
- It’s easy to control how much you use.
- Long-lasting effects when taken this way.
CONS OF SUBLINGUAL CONSUMPTION
- Results may vary from person to person.
- Oil takes longer to have an effect than the previous two methods.